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Summer Paint Colors We're Loving

JUNE 3, 2021
Photo credit: Farrow and Ball

There will always be a place for white walls, but this season we are turning to hues that feel grounding, fresh and inspiring.  Perfect for ushering in a new beginning.  Paint is such a high-impact way to update your home without spending a fortune and there are so many ways to play around with it from kitchen cabinets to jewel-box bedrooms.  We encourage you to embrace your personal style and find colors that feel good.  

Warming Trend

Photo credit: Farrow & Ball

Our designers are shifting a shift away from stark white walls to warmer shades of taupe for a decidedly European feel.  There’s something about the neutral color that adds depth without competing with furnishings and home decor.  Think sandy beaches, baby fawns and chic, uplifting mid-greys.  A lot of contemporary European designs have embraced the warm tone and we are happy to follow suit.  The trend is especially popular in kitchens, but the flattering shade can really work throughout your home.  Try it in the living room or to refresh a bathroom.  We really love the look of taupe when paired with matte black accessories—think light fixtures, picture frames and accent pieces.

Decorist Top Pick: Farrow & Ball in Elephant's Breath
Other Favorites: 1) Clare Paint in Greige  2) Portola Paints in Nantucket


Feeling Blue

Photo credit: Christina Bryant for Domino

It should come as no surprise that blue, a shade we associate with summer skies and lazy days spent by the water, is one of our top shades for summer.  There are so many beautiful shades of blue to choose from and they pair well with whites and greens to create a relaxing space, making them a great choice for any room in the house, but especially the bathroom where blue walls contrast perfectly against crisp white tiles and towels. 

A dark, moody shade like Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue feels timeless and creates a soothing, cocoon-like environment.   Or stay bright and airy with a soft hue to put you at ease.

Decorist Top Pick: Farrow & Ball in Hague Blue
Other Favorites: 1) Clare Paints in Good Jeans 2) Farrow & Ball in Parma Gray


Organic Greens

 Photo Credit:Tessa Neustadt

Green is another popular color because, like blue, it promotes feelings of calm and relaxation.  Try something a little brighter in the living room for an inviting, cozy look. 

We’re also seeing more and more kitchens in various shades of green.  Try a smokey green on lower cabinets to add depth and dimension.  Keep upper cabinets white for a timeless, beautiful look.  Or, be bold and paint your walls and trim in the same shade which is a wonderfully dramatic look, particularly in dining rooms. 

Green brings a natural, organic feel to your home.  Try a softer shade in the bedroom to promote an overall sense of peace.   We love how greens can skew romantic and moody when paired with darker woods or light and airy alongside white oak and ceramic accents.

Decorist Top Pick: Farrow and Ball in Green Smoke
Other Favorites: 1) Portola Paint in Piano Room 2) Farrow and Ball in Green Pond



Photo credit: Kelly Wearstler for Farrow + Ball

Sophisticated, citrusy shades of yellow feel especially appropriate right now, adding a bright, punchy bit of fun to our interior spaces.  Evocative of lemon groves, Italian aperitifs and road trips along the California coast, this new shade of yellow is all grown-up.  We love it in a living room and would ground the color with rustic pieces in natural wood or textured linen.  Or bring out its earthy undertones with mossy greens and sandy terracottas. 

Decorist Top Pick: Farrow & Ball in Citrona
Other Favorites: 1) Clare Paints in Good as Gold 2) Benjamin Moore in Buttercup


White Hot

Photo credit: Amber Lewis

We couldn’t put together a roundup of our favorite paint colors without including at least one white.  There’s always something so clean and easy about white paint.  A true neutral, it suits every space whether you’re Modern Farmhouse, Mid-Century, Traditional, Minimalist or anywhere in between.  One that our designers turn to time and again is Farrow & Ball’s Wevete.  A delicate, almost translucent white, it’s clean, understated and practically perfect.   It’s a fail-proof white that works in nearly every space, adding warmth.  Our suggestion?  Try painting the entire room including the trim in the same color for a tonal and serene look.

Decorist Top Pick: Farrow & Ball in Wevet
Other Favorites: 1) Benjamin Moore in White Dove  2) Clare Paints in Whipped


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